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Old 05-17-2012   #1
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Clear Creek Best IV Elfing options?

Looking in the WW of S Rockies, they show Lawson to Idaho Springs good to go at 200CFS. I have never done it that low, 400 being my lowest.

They show Upper Clear Creek/BR good at 250 and lower Clear Creek at 400.

Curious from those with experience, throwing out BR, what is the best IV section, least boat abuse at the current levels of 200-300cfs?


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Old 05-17-2012   #2
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At current levels, Black Rock is the best class IV. Lower stretch is mankier.

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Old 05-17-2012   #3
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Boated entire BR section 2 weeks ago at 210. Minimum scrape. Rigo is fun at this level as well.

LCC is too low in most opinions. 300 minimum.
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Old 05-17-2012   #4
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YO, I have ran numerous laps on LCC at 175 and never touched a rock. Same with Upper CC. Stop being snobs people and boat!
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Old 05-17-2012   #5
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Al- Black Rock is probably the best bet right now for clear creek. Not to much boat abuse and still really fun IMO. I've been trying to run it if the gauge is at 200min. Last night my buddy and I ran from Hwy 119 closure to Golden at 208cfs, even that was okay. Middle Clear Creek and Black Rock had the less mank for sure. The narrows section is really fun and black rock and rigo are probably worth a scout. Lower to Golden was manky but wasn't to bad. Let me know if you go and I'll meet up with you if I can.
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Old 05-18-2012   #6
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Lets put something together...I've been wanting to do 119 to golden!
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Old 05-18-2012   #7
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I did Lawson to Golden last year at 500ish. That is about as low as I would go on that long of a trip, but I'm sure certain sections are good to go. I would like to do the same trip at around 700 for a little more of a challenge. We only walked the dam close to Golden, but there were some ugly lines at Rigo!
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Old 05-18-2012   #8
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Looks like lawson to golden may be a nogo this year.
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Old 05-18-2012   #9
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Al, thought i was gonna be able to take you and lenny down cc this weekend but i get to spend the weekend camping with my wife...(and hopefully some scouting for elk chasing later in the year)

Have fun and hopefully next weekend i can get out there with you.


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